BNSF Railway Adds Certified Site to Astra Enterprise Park in De Soto

BNSF Railway announced it will bring a Certified Site to De Soto, Kansas.

Posted November 21, 2023

BNSF Railway announced three new Certified Sites designation locations, one will enter into a logistics district in the Kansas City area.

The three locations added to the Certified Sites, a program that addresses the increasing demand for customer site locations by developing a network of facilities, are Fort Madison, Iowa, Glenwood, Iowa, and De Soto, Kansas.

The latter is located in De Soto’s Astra Enterprise Park. The park features a 205-acre site zoned for light industrial uses located near the BNSF mainline. While only 205 acres have been certified additional acreage will be available at the site as well, according to a release.

“We are pleased to add these three new locations to our list of growing certified sites across BNSF’s network,” assistant vice president of economic development Chris Danos said. “It’s a win-win for our customers who are ready to develop their business offerings through rail, saving them several months of construction time.”

To be considered, sites must undergo an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and proposed infrastructure.

BNSF now operates 35 Certified Sites in the nation.